Music

Music Department

Michael Obre, Department Head
obremi@danbury.k12.ct.us
(203) 797-4732
   

Courses

 
 




























































CONCERT CHOIR (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12


This course is open to all students who would like to sing.  It is designed to further develop proper vocal technique.  High quality choral works will be emphasized.  Students will perform various musical styles: classical, contemporary, jazz, folk, ethnic, etc.   Attendance at public performances is required.

 

POP CHOIR (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

Pop Choir offers an opportunity to sing popular repertoire with a live band. It is open to all students and is designed to further develop proper vocal technique. Attendance at public performances is required.

 

MADRIGAL SINGERS (HONORS) 10-12

This is a highly selective vocal ensemble.  Acapella singing is stressed with emphasis on the polyphonic music of the Renaissance.  An intense concert season is part of the program.  PREREQUISITE:  Audition

 

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE (HONORS) 9-12

This full-year course is open to students in all grades who wish to study percussion instruments. This course will study both drumming techniques and mallet percussion techniques. Students will study a variety of repertoire encompassing many styles. Over the course of the academic year students will have occasion to perform with the pep band at football games, support the concert bands, and perform as a separate ensemble. Both large and small percussion ensemble repertoire will be studied. During the spring this ensemble will participate in three parades. Participation in fall marching band is not required, but strongly encouraged for all percussionists. Prior percussion experience is recommended but not required. Attendance at all performances is required.

CONCERT BAND (HONORS) 9-12

This full-year course is intended for woodwind and brass players in grades 9 and 10, but is open to woodwind and brass players in any grade. Students will develop their instrumental skills while studying wind ensemble repertoire. Students will have occasion to perform with the pep band at football games, large ensemble works, and small ensemble chamber works over the course of the school year. During the spring this ensemble will participate in three parades. Participation in fall marching band is not required, however is strongly encouraged for all woodwind and brass students. Attendance at all performances is required.
NOTE: Students taking a science class with a lab one day per week may still register for Concert Band and play with the ensemble four days per week.

SYMPHONIC BAND (HONORS) 10-12

This full-year course is intended for students in grades 10, 11, and 12. Students will continue to develop their instrumental skills while studying advanced wind ensemble repertoire. Students will have occasion to perform with the pep band at football games, large ensemble works, small ensemble chamber works, and joint ventures with other DHS musical ensembles over the course of the school year. During the spring this ensemble will participate in three parades. Participation in fall marching band is not required, but strongly encouraged for all students. Attendance at all performances is required.
NOTE: Students taking a science class with a lab one day per week may still register for Symphonic Band and play with the ensemble four days per week.

 

FRESHMAN ORCHESTRA (HONORS) 9

This course is designed for students who play a stringed instrument. Focus will be on developing skills in shifting, vibrato, bowing, and other fundamental techniques. Attendance at all public performances is required.

 

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (HONORS) 10-12

This course is for the advanced string player. Focus will be on repertoire and advanced techniques. Attendance at all public performances is mandatory.

MUSIC THEORY (A.P.) 11-12

This is an advanced course exploring music theory from the fundamentals of sound production to the analysis of complex musical forms as they occur in Western Music literature. An emphasis will be placed on rhythmic, melodic and harmonic analysis in both written and aural presentations. Summer work is required for this class.Participation in the Advanced Placement test is required.

PIANO (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

Piano is designed to teach the concepts and fundamentals needed to perform on the piano. It will increase musical understanding beyond just reading notes by teaching students a vocabulary of chords and keys. Students will have the opportunity to participate and play as an ensemble. Students will develop good practice habits. Students may take this class multiple times for credit.

 

GUITAR (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12

This half-year course will take students from basic chords to barre chords and finger picking. Students will learn guitar performance skills reading charts, TABS and grand staff as well as songwriting. Performances will be in class. Students may take this class multiple times for credit.